Thursday, December 27, 2007

catching up at yr's end

And just some bits and pieces before the year ends, mainly a bit of skiting.

4W 18, which was published in November, featured the winner of the Booranga Prize for best poem in the issue, which was none other than me, myself, I. To read the winning poem, The Beautiful Anxiety, you'll have to buy the mag for the moment.

But here's a taste:

... and distinguish the cold of it, dropt on
sun shadows within the petrochemical hum
it’s erotic scent, a ghost of ash
passing stars, and a kind of subliminal speech
among legends of flowers and birds, roses ...

- from 'The Beautiful Anxiety', Jill Jones

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Also, the annual Newcastle Poetry Prize was announced in December. No, I did not win that one - the winner was Mark Treddinick for his poem Eclogues - but two of my poems were included in the anthology. Again, you should get the anthology for the whole nine metres, but here's a line or nine from mine:

... The birds do not care
which is why we watch them.

Rather than knot up star-dark rings
I abandon my latent crises and stretch
round your outlines. I grow wings. ...

- from 'A Series of Details', Jill Jones


... Above me miles of nothing (if you don’t count clouds,
‘yes, that would be too romantic’).
Walls cluster round branded air, which might be safe,
‘but is it good for you’, spoonful after spoonful? ...

- from 'My Fugitive Votive', Jill Jones


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You probably all know that E-X-C-H-A-N-G-E-V-A-L-U-E-S: The Second XV Interviews, is out, but if you didn't, you do now. It contains interviews with Mark Young, Michael Heller, Bob Grumman, Shanna Compton, Sandy McIntosh, Jim McCrary, Gary Sullivan, A.L. Nielsen, Michael Farrell, CAConrad, Anny Ballardini, Denise Duhamel, Nick Carbó, Jack Kimball, Geoffrey Young & Jordan Stempleman, plus more than 100 pages of text & visual poetry, an essay, even a play. The interviewers this time around are Tom Beckett, Thomas Fink, Richard Lopez & Geof Huth. You can get your copy from the Otoliths shop.

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